BBC Reporter Mobbed By Lemurs
January 8, 2018 7:51 PM   Subscribe

BBC reporter Alex Dunlop mobbed by lemurs while attending an animal count at the Banham Zoo. He was nipped a couple of times, but overall results were ADORABLE. (Warning: autoplay in link.)
posted by Rush-That-Speaks (39 comments total) 24 users marked this as a favorite
 
My cousin is one of the zookeepers at a zoo in Kansas, and works with a lot of the primates, including lemurs.

I have posted this to her facebook page with a flaily note saying DROP EVERYTHING YOU ARE DOING AND WATCH THIS IMMEDIATELY
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 8:00 PM on January 8, 2018 [8 favorites]


so, to sum up, not nibbled to death by an okapi?
posted by mwhybark at 8:12 PM on January 8, 2018 [1 favorite]


You little [BEEP]...
posted by jim in austin at 8:27 PM on January 8, 2018 [6 favorites]


I once had a cat with a particularly big, striped tail, and one of his nicknames was Lee Murr.
posted by The Underpants Monster at 8:37 PM on January 8, 2018 [10 favorites]


It's a burden I'm willing to take on.
posted by rhizome at 8:38 PM on January 8, 2018 [4 favorites]


Speaking of zoos in Kansas, there was a time you could feed lemurs at the Tanganyika Wildlife Park. You'd sit on a rock and they'd scamper into your lap to take craisins out of your open palm. You weren't supposed to pet them, but they'd clamber all over you while they fed themselves. It was delightful while it lasted.
posted by jsnlxndrlv at 8:40 PM on January 8, 2018


Metafilter: You little [BEEP]...
posted by PhineasGage at 8:51 PM on January 8, 2018 [4 favorites]


I want to be mobbed by lemurs. There needs to be a cafe for this, like a cat cafe, but instead of there being cats, there are lemurs. That mob you.
posted by turbid dahlia at 8:53 PM on January 8, 2018 [18 favorites]


Should have brought more Big K grape soda to placate them.
posted by maudlin at 8:57 PM on January 8, 2018 [2 favorites]


Oh, the humanity.
posted by anothermug at 9:07 PM on January 8, 2018 [6 favorites]


It's a burden I'm willing to take on.

So you're pro-prosimian?
posted by The Underpants Monster at 9:10 PM on January 8, 2018 [6 favorites]


"Here you go, mate. Take two fistfulls of Lemur Chow out there with ya. They'll love ya. You'll be their best buddy in no time. And you lot, make sure the camera is on..."
posted by jim in austin at 9:21 PM on January 8, 2018 [12 favorites]


There needs to be a cafe for this, like a cat cafe, but instead of there being cats, there are lemurs. That mob you.

It's not lemurs, but the closest I've come is the Bird Zoo parrot cafe in Yokohama, where you will be mobbed by a flock of 100 parrots in a flash of psittacine mayhem (YT). All that squawking and beak action is quite invigorating, and it really gets your adrenaline flowing.
posted by Umami Dearest at 9:40 PM on January 8, 2018 [4 favorites]


Oh, the humanity.

No, the footage of the reporter being mobbed by huge manatees had... a very different turnout.

.
posted by ricochet biscuit at 10:26 PM on January 8, 2018 [5 favorites]


i have been stampeded by 12 adult frenchies and 5-6 sausagelike frenchie puppies and it was mostly delightful, except they all snort and wheeze and fart a lot when they're excited which is a bit suboptimal, but it didn't become life-threatening until the extremely high energy and somewhat deranged year old boxer puppy launched herself directly at my face, presumably to swallow me whole in her wildly snapping unhinged jaws like a python piddling itself with excitement

it definitely would've been worse if they could climb
posted by poffin boffin at 10:41 PM on January 8, 2018 [18 favorites]


Leaping lemurs!
posted by Slarty Bartfast at 12:06 AM on January 9, 2018 [6 favorites]


A very good friend of mine lives near a lemur center, and has a not-quite-two-year-old daughter.

One of her first words was "prosimian."
posted by biogeo at 12:10 AM on January 9, 2018 [13 favorites]


BBC Reporter Mobbed By Lemurs

don’t mess with the lemur mafia
posted by roger ackroyd at 12:23 AM on January 9, 2018 [2 favorites]


Mobbed By Lemurs just jumped to the top of my fictional band name list.
posted by I_Love_Bananas at 4:32 AM on January 9, 2018 [8 favorites]


Speaking of zoos in Kansas, there was a time you could feed lemurs at the Tanganyika Wildlife Park.

Tagnanyika is the zoo where my cousin works. Huh.
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 4:49 AM on January 9, 2018 [2 favorites]


Your resident lemur-mobbed Mefite (by wild ones, none of yer zoo animals) since 2000. It's all fun and games until one of them bites you.
posted by rory at 6:10 AM on January 9, 2018 [3 favorites]


Prior Art: Man's Life, September 1956; "Weasels Ripped My Flesh".
posted by Xyanthilous P. Harrierstick at 6:14 AM on January 9, 2018 [6 favorites]


The thing has always fascinated me about ring tailed lemurs is that one of their natural habitats is so horribly uncomfortable - It's the spiny forest in madagascar. They bounce around leap on trees that are almost entirely covered in really sharp thorns.
posted by srboisvert at 7:24 AM on January 9, 2018 [2 favorites]


"I'm never in a lather now!"
posted by languagehat at 7:25 AM on January 9, 2018


So I followed EmpressCallipygos' link to the interview with her (clearly awesome) cousin. This led me to the discovery that there is a genus of Old World Monkeys called Geunon. So I typed Guenon Monkey into a google image search out of sheer curiosity and came upon the best google image search result that has ever existed.

It's better if you do it yourself for the glory of it all.
posted by pipoquinha at 8:06 AM on January 9, 2018 [1 favorite]


Yes, it's the splendiforous Lemur! Friend to all mankind!
posted by octobersurprise at 8:18 AM on January 9, 2018


Is the reddish one a lemur as well? For a second I thought it was a red panda but that can't be right.
posted by orrnyereg at 9:47 AM on January 9, 2018


Guenons (genus Cercopithecus) are the kinds of monkeys I specifically focus on. This was the slide on guenon diversity in my dissertation defense.
posted by ChuraChura at 9:48 AM on January 9, 2018 [11 favorites]


Yes - that's a red-ruffed lemur.

At least the ring-tailed lemurs didn't try to stink fight the reporter!
posted by ChuraChura at 9:51 AM on January 9, 2018 [7 favorites]


Thank you doesn't seem like enough.
posted by Space Kitty at 10:30 AM on January 9, 2018


I'm in the wrong line of work.
posted by sarcasticah at 11:48 AM on January 9, 2018 [1 favorite]


Lemurs, Johnny, lemurs...
posted by Faint of Butt at 12:35 PM on January 9, 2018 [1 favorite]


It's not lemurs, but the closest I've come is the Bird Zoo parrot cafe in Yokohama, where you will be mobbed by a flock of 100 parrots in a flash of psittacine mayhem.

The Philadelphia Zoo's aviary had a "feed the lurikeets" option at the time I visited, where you were given a little plastic cup filled with a fruit-smoothie sort of concoction you could feed the lurikeets they had. The lurikeets were in their own enclosure, and before they let you in - which they did one at a time - the keepers gave us a few pointers - walk in and hold your arm out straight, don't freak out, wait for the birds to fly away if they land on you, then as soon as they fly away then you need to leave the enclosure, etc.

I got my little dixie cup of fruit stuff, I walked in and stuck my arm out as instructed, and then all I remember was squawking and flying purple and red feathers and three birds all simultaneously jamming their heads into the cup while one balanced on my hand and then all three of them flying away precisely two seconds later. I glanced in the cup and it was totally empty, and I had no birds on me, so I shuffled back out, less than 30 seconds after I walked in.
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 1:29 PM on January 9, 2018


I read "animal count" as "animal court" and now I have the lovely and adorable image of lemurs wearing those curly barrister wigs.
posted by brundlefly at 1:49 PM on January 9, 2018 [3 favorites]


I had no birds on me, so I shuffled back out, less than 30 seconds after I walked in

Ah, at Bird Zoo you almost always have birds on you, sitting on shoulders, chewing on camera straps, pecking at earlobes. The staff will help with bird removal when you're ready to leave.
posted by Umami Dearest at 7:32 PM on January 9, 2018


This was the slide on guenon diversity in my dissertation defense

More than a decade since my last primatology class and I can still pick out the Erythrocebus patas. My professor use to give these dreaded primate identification quizzes which would consist of pictures of a couple dozen species flashed one by one up on the screen, with about 30 seconds to scribble down the genus and species. Patas, with its wonderful and distinctive mustache, was always a relief (unlike those fucking indistinguishable bush babies).
posted by Panjandrum at 9:26 PM on January 9, 2018 [1 favorite]


This thread misses Lemurrhea.
posted by biogeo at 9:30 PM on January 9, 2018 [2 favorites]


Lemurians you say?
posted by rhizome at 9:39 PM on January 9, 2018


Second cutest infestation ever
posted by karmachameleon at 4:57 AM on January 10, 2018


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